Running Start for School

Running Start for School LogoGet a Running Start for School!

Do you remember sitting on the floor and laying out all of your brand new school supplies the night before school started each year? The smell of sharpened # 2 pencils, the rainbow of crayons, highlighters and color pencils, the fresh wide ruled notebooks, and the sound of the backpack zipper as you closed it and placed it next to the door for the next morning. There are children in our community who would never experience this feeling if it weren’t for United Way's Running Start for School.

Over 8,700 students in Olmsted County may need our help with getting a backpack and school supplies this year! Thanks for helping.


We need volunteers mid July through August to help with Stuff the Bus, inventory supplies, put school kits together and distribute school supplies to students in Byron, Stewartville and Rochester! Sign up today to volunteer!

Donate Backpacks and School Supplies

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus will take place on August 1 and 2! We're once again partnering with ABC 6 News and Walmart for this great event. Join us at either Walmart North and Walmart South in Rochester on August 1 from 4-8 p.m. and August 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All school supplies collected will stay in Olmsted County.


Thanks to our many sponsors who help make Running Start for School successful, including Y-105 and Townsquare Media, KAAL-TV, Cherry Berry, Cold Stone Creamery, Outback Steakhouse, TerraLoco, and all of our Drive/Drop Site Partners!

Eligibility for Supplies and Distribution

Learn if your child is eligible to receive Running Start for School supplies and distribution dates here.

For more information about Running Start, email or call 507-535-5503.